UK Pride 2018 was hosted by Isle of Wight Pride on 20 July – visit the Isle of Wight Pride’s website for details. It was a resounding success and we congratulate the organisers on a fabulous event.
The UK has more than 150 Pride events ranging from small community events for a few hundred people, to large festival-style Prides and major public events attracting hundreds of thousands. And that’s something to be proud of. From our Members, the UK Pride Organisers Network awards ‘UK Pride’ status to one Pride each year.
UK Pride shines a beacon on a Pride that might not usually get much attention either regionally, nationally or internationally, and makes it a focal point for the Pride movement in the UK in that year. It’s a similar model to EuroPride and WorldPride, and Canada has just followed suit, too.
UK Pride – Bidding process
Pride organisations wishing to bid for UK Pride 2019 and 2020 will be required to submit bids to the Board by the end of September 2018 and will then be presented to members for voting at the annual conference. Application details will be provided upon request to Ross Stevenson.
In previous years…
The first UK Pride was Pride in Hull in 2017, which coincided with Hull’s status as UK City of Culture. Pride in Hull saw a five-fold increase in their visitor numbers, and really set the bar high for future UK Pride events. Isle of Wight Pride was awarded UK Pride status for 2018.
The Network invited Pride organisers to bid for UK Pride status in 2018, and all Network members in attendance voted on the four remaining bids at the Autumn Conference in Blackpool in October
There is no detailed criteria for a bid for UK Pride. We suggest that the bidding organisation should have organised at least one successful Pride event that was diverse, inclusive and well received. Size and location are irrelevant, although the bidding organisation should consider that UK Pride status could increase visitor numbers to their event. Accessibility in all aspects of the event is a key consideration – including any ticket prices.
A bid should include details of the event, its location, date, timings, size, and budget. The bid should also be clear about why the organisation is bidding – including why now, and not next year, for example. The bid should be bold, and be proud of its Pride!
Bids for UK Pride 2018 can be download the four bid documents below (they are PDF and will open in a new window):
- Exeter Pride
- Folkestone Pride (BID WITHDRAWN 16/10/17)
- Isle of Wight Pride
- Liverpool Pride
- Preston Pride (BID WITHDRAWN 16/10/17)
- Pride Cymru